Aviation Engineering News

The aviation industry is built on a backbone of large-scale engineering, from 400-seater VLAs like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777x to the complex mechanical operations behind large international airports.

Airlines are facing new challenges surrounding long-haul flights, reduced flight times, safety pressures and environmental impact. Engineering solutions including super-sonic aircraft, wing design and aerodynamics are beginning to shape the future of the industry and define the engineering that it is producing.

Due to the multinational nature of air travel, the aviation industry is often subject to a broad range of international standards and legislations which, in turn, can affect the engineering behind the aircraft. In recent years, the industry has seen ever-increasing pressures to improve its environmental credentials and safety record. All of this whilst trying to reduce costs in line with low-fare airlines and an increasing demand from travellers for cheap flights to a wider range of destinations than ever before.

This page is the only place you need to go to find all the latest aviation engineering news including the latest airliners from the likes of Boeing and Airbus to new jet engines from Rolls Royce and updated systems being deployed in domestic and international airports. We’ll keep you up to date with the introduction of new airliners, the retirement of older models and who’s picking up key contracts to produce replacement global fleets across the commercial aviation industry.  

The complete guide to commercial aeroplanes in movies

“I wonder how many films planes have been in?” said someone on a Key.Aero work call the other week. So we started digging. And then we kept going and going. Here are the very geeky results!

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The Autographed Bomber: 5,000th B-17

Jeff Huston explains how the 5,000th Boeing B-17 to leave the firm’s Seattle factory was signed...

Boeing’s Loyal Wingman completes first taxi run

Boeing announced on October 22 that its Airpower Teaming System has moved under its own power for the first time, marking a key milestone in the platform’s development

Boeing 777-300ERSF Launch Operator Revealed

The launch customer for the world’s largest twin-engine freighter has been unveiled

Boeing, US Navy to demonstrate ramjet missile technology

Boeing revealed on October 20 that it has been contracted by the US Navy to co-develop the Supersonic Propulsion Enabled Advanced Ramjet (SPEAR) flight demonstrator with the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division

You won't believe what the Dreamliner could’ve been called

The Boeing 787 has been in commercial service for nearly a decade now, but where did its name come from and what else could it have been called?

Communications, mission system upgrade for RAAF KC-30A MRTTs

Airbus announced on October 12 that it has been selected to develop a communications and mission system upgrade for the Royal Australian Air Force’s KC-30A MRTT fleet

The aircraft that really started the jet age

While not the first jetliner to enter service, the Boeing 707 is often credited with being the aircraft that truly got the jet age going. Key.Aero examines the history of the jet that ended up dominating air travel in the 1960s and ’70s and even continues to fly today

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Boeing's forgotten Dreamliner

Before making the 787, Boeing launched a project for a high-speed delta-wing jet capable of Mach 0.98. Key Aero reveals the story of the Sonic Cruiser, which ended up being dropped in favour of the Dreamliner

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The ultimate guide to aircraft variants

From ‘neo’ to ‘XLR’, ‘LR’ to ‘ER’ and everything in between, it can be hard to keep track of what all the different airliner models are and what their identifiers mean. Key Aero examines the production lists to help you navigate this confusing conundrum

Aviation Engineering Companies

The aviation industry is made up of engineering giants including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Gulfstream and Honda. Between them, they produce a wide variety of aircraft from single propeller craft and private jets through to the European short haul favourite, the Airbus A320 and long-haul behemoths like the Boeing 747.

This page will keep you up to date with the latest engineering news from these companies including ongoing projects, testing phases and maiden flights for new models. Be the first to find out which airlines are updating their fleets with the latest models and which manufacturer has secured the production contract.

To find out more on commercial aviation news take a look at some of our other related pages including Airport NewsAirport Technology and Commercial Aviation News.

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